Proposed 97% White-house budget cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and 25% cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency have 125 mayors of cities along the shores of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence up in arms. Mr. David A. Ullrich, Executive Director of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative speaks about the important work undertaken to date to restore one of the world’s largest freshwater resources after a century of industrial destruction. Foreign fish species like Asian Carp are just waiting for us to drop our guard and gain access to the lakes, and Lamprey populations could easily rebound if mitigation efforts were to stop – all of which could spell disaster for the $7-billion annual commercial and sport fishery. With so much at stake, does it make sense to risk it all?
This week on Blue Fish Radio we seek evidence of the mystical scale journalists use to balance economic interests with environmental sustainability. Part two of our conversation with Lorne Johnson explores how Canadian business leaders are moving away from balancing such interests, and instead, adopting an ecological approach to business. We discuss the rise of electric cars, and just why the media keeps falling back on presenting stories using conflict. Lorne offers examples of how social media is helping to make ground-breaking businesses the next generation of world environmental leaders.
The Atlantic Salmon Federation wants to know why Newfoundland’s Environment Minister took a pass on conducting an environmental review of the largest-ever salmon farm being proposed for Placentia Bay. More than 19 rivers that lead to the Bay are utilized by wild Atlantic Salmon – a species in this region already in trouble. The Federation would like a study conducted to determine the potential impacts of growing out 7-million salmon in a newly proposed open pen salmon rearing operation so people can make informed decisions, and isn’t that what balancing the economy with the environment is all about?
In part one of this 2-part series, we hear from Lorne Johnson, one of Canada’s leading consultants serving private foundations. Lorne offers insights on the role forestry managers now play in ensuring the sustainable management of Canada’s largest renewable resource. We then discuss the role of environmental groups and their challenge in engaging the public to address climate change, and why such groups need to offer stronger economic rationale to elicit action. We discuss how humans became soft-wired to spot danger and react accordingly, and how such conditioning is responsible for our ability to respond to adversity. Last, Lorne walks us through the decision making process foundations go through when selecting organizations to fund.
Rick McGowan has taken his 30-year fight with a wealthy BC Ranch owner all the way to the BC Supreme Court. It’s about exercising the public’s right to access public water using public roads, but that’s not how property owner of the 250,000 hector ranch sees it. The Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club does though, and so do many others who are lining up behind Rick and his Club to see this fight through to the end.
Oceana Canada’s Director of Science, Dr. Robert Rangeley, is a marine biologist
With a quarter century of fishing and diving experience in Cuban waters, Capt. Phil Thompson has launched a new guide service called Fish Cuba Now. He offers angling and diving adventures throughout Cuba, a new frontier regarded by many as possessing some of the most pristine marine habitats on Earth. Listen to how Thompson is also making sure the resource will be managed sustainably on this week’s episode of Blue fish Radio.
World respected environmental trail blazer, Larry McDermott, a member of Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation, and Executive Director of Plenty Canada, an organization dedicated to environmental protection and healthy communities, and co-chair of the Canadian Environmental Network Biodiversity Caucus, speaks with Blue Fish on reconciliation, friendship, and the need to respect both indigenous knowledge and western science equally. Larry says, Rights means taking responsibility for living within nature’s means, and this means everyone needs to work together.
Ensuring our seafood is harvested in a sustainable way is up to us all. In this episode of Blue Fish Radio Lawrence Gunther walks us through the roles of the many different stakeholders and players that are working hard to improve the sustainability of our seafood fisheries, and offers guidance on what each of us can do to play a part in realizing the goal of sustainable wild fish stocks in our oceans.